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Jennylyn Mercado

Jennylyn Mercado is a Filipino actress, singer and songwriter who gained fame as the winner of the first season of the Philippine TV series "StarStruck," a reality search show on GMA Network. She has released three albums from GMA Records and Viva Records which have several popular singles such as "Sa Aking Panaginip," "Moments Of Love" in collaboration with Janno Gibbs, "Maybe This Time" and "Kahit Sandali."

Ms. Mercado started as a recording artist with Alpha Records in 1999 through the recommendation of her voice coach, Susanna Pichay. She was in Nonoy Tan's singing group, G4. Unfortunately the group never released an album because two of the four members dropped out. However, the group was able to record two songs. After G4, she went into commercial modeling and landed a stint with Bambini cologne and a Pond's television advertisement. She was also part of the Elite Circle of 10 Modeling Search where she competed with StarStruck co-finalist, Dion Ignacio.

In 2003, she joined the reality show "StarStruck." She and Mark Herras won, receiving P1,000,000 plus exclusive contracts from GMA Network. After winning StarStruck, she starred in teleseryes "Encantadia," "I Luv NY," "Now and Forever" titled "Dangal," "Super Twins," "Sine Novela: Paano Ba Ang Mangarap?," "SRO Cinemaserye: Suspetsa," "Ikaw Sana" and "Sine Novela: Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak."

She released her first album, "Living the Dream," containing original compositions of composer Vehnee Saturno, and a carrier single titled "Kahit Sandali." In May 2006, she released her second album "Letting Go," which included the single "Sa Aking Panaginip" by Vehnee Saturno. Her first major concert was held on May 15, 2006, at the Music Museum in Greenhills. In January 2010, under VIVA Records, she released her third album, "Love Is... Jennylyn Mercado." Due to her popularity, she held a birthday concert at the Music Museum, titled "I Am Woman" in May 2009. The concert was sold-out.

Her first films included "So Happy Together" and the teen-flick "Let the Love Begin" but her most acclaimed film performance was a Filipino period piece, "Rosario." Her acting career is handled by Becky Aguila and VIVA Entertainment, Inc. Her singing career is managed by VIVA Records. Her contract with VIVA ended in 2011. On 2013, she signed back with Regal Entertainment and also signed up with PolyEast Records for her singing career, which she hopes would help in her bid to reinvent herself as singer.

Ms. Mercado recently branched out into television hosting, hosting the Philippine reality series "Protégé: The Battle For The Big Break" with co-hosts Ogie Alcasid and Dingdong Dantes. She is also in the GMA-7 Sunday talk show "Showbiz Central."

Last 2013, she made a movie comeback with Regal Entertainment with a romantic, sexy film "The Bride and the Lover." Her contract with Polyeast Records ended that year. Currently, she is playing the role of a woman who has a split personality. According to her, this is the most challenging role she had ever played. She is going to release her fifth album with GMA Records in late 2014.

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